Nine lives lost on Sunday, 1st November 2020, after a fatal accident that involved a 14-matatu seater and a lorry in Kilifi county.
The Kilifi county police commander confirmed the accident that occurred on the Kaloleni-Mzazeras highway. The eyewitnesses said that all the nine who perished were in the 14-seater matatu.
The cause of the accident could not be established immediately. The area residents in their numbers rushed to the scene to try and rescue the victims.
Since the government lifted the COVID-19 restrictions, the country has witnessed a sharp increase in road accidents.
According to NTSA, over 2500 people had perished in road accidents between January and September 2020. This represents a slightly over one percent increase in the accidents at the same time in 2019.
Dr. Fred Matiangi, the Interior Cabinet secretary, affirmed that most of the country’s accidents occur during festivities and between November and February.
NTSA went further to confirm that the Kisumu-Kakamega-Nakuru-Nairobi-Mombasa highway tops the list of the most dangerous roads to drive in Kenya. This is presumably because the route is frequented with long-distance lorries and buses ferrying luggage and passengers from upcountry and vice versa.
Matiangi urged Kenyans to be honest with each other. He further added that Kenyans should consider changing their behaviors since that could significantly improve road accidents.
The Cs was very categorical that behavior change is the first step towards fighting road carnage.